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November 14, 2007

19th Annual Contessa Award Winners

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19th Annual Contessa Award Winners

19th Annual Contessa Awards Honor Canada’s Best of the Best


Not only are Canadians exceptional at hockey and braving the winter chill, they’re also extremely talented and creative when it comes to the world of beauty.  Over 1,200 industry professionals from across Canada came together November 4, 2007 at the Metro Convention Center in downtown Toronto to honor the very best in hair, makeup, nails, salon interior design and community service categories at the 2008 Contessa Awards.


With a spotlight on the Seasons, this beauty extravaganza paid an alluring tribute to the constantly evolving nature of the beauty scene.  Hosted by comedian Trevor Boris, the evening was filled with avant garde styles, brazen talent and an ever-flowing runway of models wearing the work of acclaimed Canadian hairstylists. 


The competition proved to be fierce as 122 Canadian salon professionals vied to leave with the industry’s most coveted award, the Contessa.  Four independent panels of the industry expert judges were tasked with selecting the winners of 22 exclusive categories from hundreds of entries.  Organizers successfully tapped into talent from coast to coast as six genres were provincial/regional and 15 were national.


Since 1988, the Contessa Awards have promoted and honored Canada’s premier beauty industry talent, presenting an opportunity for beauty professionals to showcase their work and earn respect and recognition from their peers in Canada and around the world.  BTC is honored to present to you the winners of the 19th Annual Contessa Awards!



  • Canadian Hairstylist of the Year
    Edwin Johnston, The Cutting Room
    Nanaimo, British Columbia
  • Elite Master Hairstylist of the Year
    John Graham, Vault Salon & Spa
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Canadian Salon Team of the Year
    Pure Salon
    Montreal, Quebec
  • Alberta Hairstylist of the Year
    Tony Ricci, Ricci Hair Company
    Edmonton, Alberta
  • Atlantic Hairstylist of the Year
    Shelley Simms, Hair Factory
    St. John’s, Newfoundland
  • Avant Garde Hairstylist of the Year
    Christian Chartier, d…Coiffure
    Trois-Riviéres, Quebec
  • British Columbia Hairstylist of the Year
    Edwin Johnston, The Cutting Room
    Nanaimo, British Columbia
  • Community Service Award
    Tangles Hair Salon
    Holland Landing, Ontario
  • Makeover Colorist of the Year
    Rasa Jurenas, BesSpa
    Tillsonburg, Ontario
  • Makeup Artist of the Year
    Vittorio Masecchia, Freelance Makeup Artist
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Men’s Hairstylist of the Year
    Timothy Day Howard, Sound Salon Spa
    St. John’s, Newfoundland
  • Multicultural Hairstylist of the Year
    Rudy Pignataro, Salon G&A Inc.
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Nail Art Technician of the Year
    Jessica Ellison, Yorkville School of Makeup and Esthetics
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Nail Enhancement Artist of the Year
    Kali Howden, At Your Fingertips
    Kelowna, British Columbia

Check out the Nail Art and Nail Enhancement Winning Images Here!



  • Newcomer Hairstylist of the Year
    Jane Tecson, Vault Salon & Spa
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Ontario Hairstylist of the Year
    Eric Fernandes, Eden Salon
    London, Ontario
  • Quebec Hairstylist of the Year
    Véronique Beaupré, Pure Salon
    Montreal, Quebec
  • Salon Interior Design of the Year
    Spyce Spa & Hair Studio
    Barrie, Ontario

Check out the winning Salon Interior Design Images Here!



  • Saskatchewan/Manitoba Hairstylist of the Year
    Marc Charbonneau, Vault Salon & Spa
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Session Hairstylist of the Year
    Melanie Belanger, Character Salon
    Ottawa, Ontario
  • Student/Apprentice Hairstylist of the Year
    Aimee Cox, Moods Hair Salon
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Texture Hairstylist of the Year
    Jane Tecson, Vault Salon & Spa
    Winnipeg, Manitoba

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